What I've Learned Cutting Hair in Jail
A cut means more inside than it does on the street, and that's especially true in solitary—where some guys haven't seen their own reflection in a month.
How Being a Sports Bookie Helped Me Live Comfortably in Prison
I got to the point where I easily made $16,000 each month.
When American Prisons Become Haunted Houses
Some former prisons now cater to haunted house enthusiasts and people who believe in the paranormal.
What You Do While You Wait for Your Husband to Go to Prison
Together you get your financial house in order, finalize his will, take baths, and cry.
How I Break Prison Rules to Keep in Touch with My Family
Trying to maintain contact with my loved ones turns into a maze of skipped meals, smuggled cell phones, and a whole lot of pain.
What It’s Like to Be Gay in Prison
I expected to catch shit from other prisoners, but the harassment from guards is way worse.
Getting a Hustle: How to Live Like a King Behind Bars
From moonshine to tattoos to balloons of drugs, America's prison inmates do what it takes to make life inside tolerable.
How to Protect Yourself from Violence in Prison
Whenever you go to the prison yard, there's always a chance you won't make it back. I would know: I spent ten years inside and learned how to weaponise everything from magazines to cigarette filters.
How America Became the Most Imprisoned Nation in the World
How the US became the most Imprisoned nation in the world.
Why Solitary Confinement in America Needs to Finally End
Now that solitary is on the national radar, systemic problems with "the hole" are being laid bare for all to see.
Why I Invested in the Prison-Industrial Complex
Even in times of uncertainty, the corporations that build and operate prisons and jails seem guaranteed to turn a profit.
What It's Like to Live with an Ankle Bracelet
The device is, both literally and metaphorically, my greatest source of pain.